Leaked Docs Outline EU Plan Giving Police Power to "Remote Stop" Vehicles by 2020
February 3, 2014 9:38 AM
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No word on how the system would be integrated into vehicles
GM has steadily improved its
Onstar telematics system
since its original introduction way back in 1996. In its most recent iterations, OnStar can be called upon to disable/stop a stolen vehicle at the request of the owner or police.
Documents have now turned up that show police in Europe have plans for a similar, but universal system that would allow them to remotely stop cars. The system would allow cars involved in high-speed chases to be stopped remotely without resorting to tire spikes or other destructive methods.
The European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services is researching the system, which could be rolled out by 2020.
"Cars on the run can be dangerous for citizens," the report stated. "Criminal offenders will take risks to escape after a crime. In most cases the police are unable to chase the criminal due to a lack of efficient means to stop the vehicle safely."
Other facets of the program include the development of better tech for automatic license plate recognition and better ways to share intelligence between agencies.
The plans for the remote stopping system has been approved by the
EU Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security
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RE: Guess what else could be dangerous for citizens...
2/3/2014 11:39:19 AM
That's how the Onstar system works on car thefts: it cuts the engine to idle and disconnects the transmission from the engine, leaving the power brakes and power steering usable and allows the car to coast safely to a stop. The car thief can hit the gas all they want, the engine won't rev and the wheels will just coast, but it is still stoppable and steerable. It also turns on the hazard blinkers to show the police it has been triggered. Those engineers thought ahead.
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